How to earn Delta miles by paying your taxes

There are many ways to earn miles and points for paying things that you would not otherwise earn miles for, such as paying your mortgage, student loans, utilities and taxes. We will cover most of these in the future, but now that 2013 is coming up and most people start planning their 2013 tax strategy, there is a simple way you can earn miles for paying your federal taxes online. Most payment services charge high fees for using a credit card, which negates the value of the miles earned, but debit card payments are a different story, as some merchants such as charge a flat fee of $3.49 per debit card payment, which makes this a very inexpensive option to rack up miles when paying your taxes.

SunTrust is currently the only reputable bank that has a decent miles earning debit card. Even though the $75 annual fee is not waived, the card offers 5,000 Delta Skymiles when you first use the card, and then 1 Delta mile per dollar spent. You can get this offer at There are some minimum balance requirements in order to avoid the checking account monthly fee, so this offer is not for everyone and it is only available in states where SunTrust has a branch, but paying your taxes online using this debit card can net a nice chunk of miles you might not otherwise earn if you pay your taxes directly from your paycheck.

For the year 2013, I plan on making all my federal tax payments myself instead of through payroll deductions to earn miles using this method. Of course, you should always evaluate your own situation and consult with your tax accountant if you use one to determine if you should take advantage of this deal, as it requires some tax planning and self-discipline**.




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